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Report Card 2009

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Endowment Transparency

Overview

The Endowment Transparency category looks at how colleges control information about endowment investment holdings and shareholder proxy voting records. In accordance with the academic tradition of fostering a free flow of information, universities are encouraged to apply similar openness to endowment investments. Access to endowment information is needed within a college community to foster constructive dialogue about opportunities for clean energy investment, as well as shareholder voting priorities. Points are awarded to schools for providing proxy voting records and lists of investment holdings to the campus community or a wider audience, and for the ease with which they make this information available.

 

Key Findings

  • One in three schools makes lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public. Members of the school community, and often the public, can obtain a list of endowment holdings at 33 percent of schools.

 

  • Twenty-three percent of schools make proxy voting records available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public.

 

  • The average grade for the Endowment Transparency category was ”D+.” For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right. 

 

 

Grade Distribution

 

 

One in three schools make lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public.
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